1 of 9 images

Walnut Lounge Chair with Saddle Seat by George Nakashima


Walnut lounge having saddle seat with Hickory spindles. Thick free edge slab table top arm with intense figuring.


  • Period
  • Materials and techniques
    Hickory, Walnut
  • Condition
    Excellent. This piece was purchased from the original owner. It has been cleaned and oiled only..
  • Dimensions

    H 31 in. x W 32 in. x D 30 in.

    H 78.74 cm x W 81.28 cm x D 76.2 cm

  • Seller location
    Sea Cliff, NY
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About George Nakashima (Maker)

A master woodworker and M.I.T.-trained architect, George Nakashima was the leading light of the American Studio furniture movement. Along with Wharton Esherick, Sam Maloof, and Wendell Castle, Nakashima was an artisan who disdained industrial methods and materials in favor of a personal, craft-based approach to the design. What sets Nakashima apart is the poetic style of his work, his reverence for wood and the belief that his furniture could evince — as he put it in the title of his 1981 memoir — “The Soul of a Tree.”

     Born in Spokane, Washington, to Japanese immigrants, Nakashima traveled widely after college, working and studying in Paris, Japan and India, and at every stop he absorbed both modernist and traditional design influences. The turning point in Nakashima’s career development came in the United States in 1942, when he was placed in an internment camp for Asian-Americans in Idaho. There, Nakashima met a master woodcarver who tutored him in Japanese crafting techniques. A former employer won Nakashima’s release and brought him to bucolic New Hope, Pennsylvania, where Nakashima set up a studio and worked for the rest of his life.

     Nakashima’s singular aesthetic is best captured in his custom-made tables and benches — pieces that show off the grain, burls and whorls in a plank of wood. He left the “free edge,” or natural contour, of the slab un-planed, and reinforced fissures in the wood with “butterfly” joints. Almost all Nakashima seating pieces have smooth, milled edges. Nakashima also contracted with large-scale manufacturers to produce carefully supervised editions of his designs. Knoll has offered his “Straight Chair” — a modern take on the spindle-backed Windsor chair — since 1946; the now-defunct firm Widdicomb-Mueller issued the Shaker-inspired “Origins” collection in the 1950s.

     Nelson Rockefeller in 1973 gave Nakashima his single largest commission: a 200-piece suite for his suburban New York estate. Today, Nakashima furniture is collected by both the staid and the fashionable: his work sits in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as in the homes of Stephen Spielberg, Brad Pitt, Diane von Furstenberg and the late Steve Jobs.

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2008
Typical response time: 20 hrs
Located in Sea Cliff, NY
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller
Price Upon Request

Walnut Spindle Cushion Chair by George Nakashima

George Nakashima

American Armchairs

The classic arm chair form by Nakashima made of Walnut. Chair has just the right amount of recline to be very comfortable without taking up a large amount of floor space. A well thou...


George Nakashima "New" Lounge Chair

George Nakashima

American Lounge Chairs

A beautiful example of studio master George Nakashima.Lounge chair having a shaped saddle cut seat with a built in end table of burled walnut.

Price Upon Request

Set of Six Walnut Conoid Chairs by George Nakas...

George Nakashima

American Dining Room Chairs


A beautiful set of six walnut Conoid dining chairs. This walnut set was carefully selected by the original having matching grain patterns in all the seats.

Price Upon Request

Walnut Bench by George Nakashima

George Nakashima

American Benches


A very sleek form having dive tail joinery and thru tenon construction.

You May Also Like

A Special Walnut Conoid Chair by George Nakashima

George Nakashima

American Side Chairs


A single walnut conoid side chair designed and made by famed cabinet maker george nakashima in 1980. The seat has beautiful grains and it is inscribed, "Studio", under seat...


Studio Crafted Walnut "New" Arm Chair by George...

George Nakashima

Hickory, Walnut

"New" arm chair studio crafted by George Nakashima in New Hope, PA. Constructed with solid walnut and hickory spindle back. One of his classic design that fuse traditional ...


Lounge Chair by George Nakashima

George Nakashima

Walnut "New" lounge chair by George Nakashima, 1959. Sold with copy of original order card.


George Nakashima, Lounge Chair with One Arm

George Nakashima

American Lounge Chairs


George Nakashima, lounge chair with one arm, USA, American black walnut and hickory, unsigned. Measures: 33” x 31” x 28” Condition Good original condition.       


Lounge Chair by George Nakashima for Widdicomb

George Nakashima

A rare high-back lounge chair designed by George Nakashima for Widdicomb.

$36,000 / set

Pair of Conoid Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima

George Nakashima

A rare pair of walnut Conoid lounge chairs by George Nakashima. These chairs are signed and dated June 4, 1990. These are some of the last pieces George completed before passing away...


Pair of Spindle Back Lounge Chairs by George Na...

George Nakashima

A pair of walnut spindle back slipper chairs by George Nakashima, 1960.

$28,000 / set

George Nakashima Slipper Lounge Chairs

George Nakashima

American Slipper Chairs


Rare pair of Sundra slipper lounge chairs by George Nakashima for Widdicomb. Fully restored. New woven upholstery over walnut bases.